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.