I know that two swallows don’t make a summer, but there’s definitely something afoot in the car industry. Earlier this month both Steve Cropley and I attended different new technology presentations promising much greater comfort and ease for future drivers.

Steve’s drive was in a Citroën Cactus equipped with a new damping system which company engineers say will be a cost-effective replacement for the classic hydraulic suspension. Citroën also told him that a big effort would be made on reducing the level of noise and vibration entering the cabin and on a new generation of ultra-comfortable seats.

A couple of days later, I was also in France to try out Mazda’s new torque vectoring system. This hasn’t been designed to make a car turn more aggressively into a corner, but to make driving through bends and across harsh surfaces a much less taxing experience.

Mazda’s engineers pointed out that drivers don’t realise just how often they have to enter steering corrections in such circumstances and that endless corrections over the course of a journey is surprisingly fatiguing. The telemetry from the day proved it.

Also, like Citroën, Mazda is also working on a new design of seat that will be ‘significantly’ more comfortable and will also hold the driver much more firmly. Mazda says that being joggled can, among other things, cause stress in the major neck muscles that try and keep the (very heavy) human head straight and level.