If you haven't visited North America or Australia or New Zealand maybe you are puzzled about "automobile dependence" and wonder what the fuss is about. Here are a few GoogleMaps images that might help.
You can drag or zoom if you want to see the wider context or take a closer look.
The Henry Farm or Yorkland Boulevard area north of Toronto. Yes, even Canada has sprawl. And yes, most of what you see in the top half of the image is open-lot parking.
The eastern edge of downtown Atlanta. Giving cars easy accesss to the city centre requires this kind of thing.
In the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. It's the local shopping centre but do you think many would walk to it?