Control polices with semi-active and active devices such as magnetorheological (MR) damper, magnetorheological isolator, magnetorheological mount, electrorheological dampers, actuators and pneumatics are integrated with automotive seating system (ASS) for seating and ride comfort. Semi-active device has been developed to replace the traditional static spring and damper system for reducing the acceleration of the human body. The current work reviews various control policies like PID, GA-PID, PSO-PID, MR on–off, FLC, Skyhook, etc., used for controlling the vibration level of ASS. This review study finds that adoption of cost effective intelligent vibration control policies with adoptive solutions will improve the ride comfort and will be made available in all ASS in the near future. © 2018, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.