> "Back in my day", people looked behind their cars before putting the car in reverse. I was shocked to be recently hit standing still in a parking lot by someone relying on their reverse warning and not bothering to look; the warning never went off.
I was referring to the rear-view cameras, which are kind of a necessity on some cars these days due to poor visibility... (see below)
> they simply are less safe and full of BS that no one needs. Everytime I rent a car I am shocked at how poor the visibility is due to the large air bag filled columns pushed too far forward
I think many of the visibility problems stem from pushing to get better gas mileage. Vertical spaces like windows keep getting smaller. Accordingly, some of the technological "improvements" like rear-view cameras are to try to counteract those problems. It's not (necessarily) just some cranky designer having a bad day.