There aren't that many industries that kill as many people every year as the automobile industry. Innovation is great but safety really needs to come first with automobiles. The only reason to pursue self-driving cars is to lower the number of deaths and injuries.
It's not just for Oscars that you want a theatrical release. Plenty of critics won't review your film unless it plays in a theatre. That's a ton of free publicity they wouldn't get otherwise, esp. if it's Oscar-worthy praise.
Netflix was doing promos before movies, although it seemed to stop about the same time Hulu offered a commercial free option. Maybe they realized what a bad move it was.
As for recommendations, all I ever get is suggestions for Netflix originals, and I never watch them. Last night I watched Saving Private Ryan and afterwards it suggested the new Netflix show The Little Prince. I've rated thousands of movies and it's worthless.