Moto GP Racer
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Here's the thing: stringent increases in crash survivability have caused cars' innards to increase in size and rigidity year after year. If you don't use advanced (expensive) composites, you have to use more steel, and a consequence of this is that A, B and C pillars continue to increase in size, and the beltline rises - making all windows smaller, and decreases total viewable area as seen by any occupant, including the driver.
Twice now, in my 2008 Honda Fit, I have almost run over someone crossing the street to my left, because the entirety of a person can hide behind my A pillar - something that never happened in my previous cars, because the A pillars in those were no where as thick.
I *do* prefer that cars be smaller and weigh less, and be less safe, and that drivers undergo MUCH more strict training and licensing. But this isn't going to happen, so the alternative is technologies like these to expand driver's perception of the vehicle and world around it.
Related: I am one of the few people I know that has their side mirrors adjusted out properly.