Government fuel economy, emissions, and safety requirements are the driving force behind many of the changes in vehicle construction and design such as electric steering, brake regeneration, seat belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, and the list goes on. Even the hood design of the new 3 series, which some have complained about, was the result of new safety requirements to reduce injuries to pedestrians in vehicle accidents.
Government will never stop adding on regulations for vehicle manufacturers so these changes will continue.
Welcome to 1984. The future is now.