There are car design rules in Australia. The new Mini Minor to be imported into Australia had to move its speedometer from the centre of the dash, as it used to be in the old Minis, to a position that was thought more visible, closer to the driver.
One large 4WD vehicle had to add supplementary rear lights down on the bumper bar because it was thought that the normal lights were too high for motor bike riders to see, which was nonsense and the addition of the bumper lights rather spoilt the look of the vehicle.
Both of the above examples are bureaucrats justifying their jobs.
What they did miss a few years ago was Peugeot vehicles with such dim rear indicators that could barely be seen flashing being allowed to be imported unmodified. I don't know how many times I have not seen flashing rear indicators on these Peugeot vehicles that were actually flashing.
Our new car has a reversing camera. It is just as well as because the sills of the windows are so high, you can barely see anything from the car. Our authorities are not game to take on basic car designs, but these high window sills that are found on most cars are dangerous. Your view of the external is quite inhibited. Each time we have bought a new car, the visibility from inside has become worse. Feel sorry for toddlers too who are sitting too low to see out the car windows.
I am not sure how the world has moved to design cars from form over function. It is all about the design and the looks and not about the practicality. This won't get any better in the future. Expect sleeker looking cars with less side and rear window area and more dependence on cameras and alert systems.
Argh, I am still trying to get used to reversing by camera. As R said when he watched me reversing into a car space, you don't trust what you are seeing in the camera, do you. He is right. I don't but I am getting there.