The Story of the Renault Card Key
The hands-free card is one of the most important inventions that have ever changed the way people use cars. Pascaline, the Head of Cross-Cutting Products at Renault Group Products, takes us through the history of this small device.
The origins of the card
The hands free card of Renault is an international hit. It has become an integral element of the everyday life of car owners. Since its first introduction around 20 years ago it’s one of the most innovative innovations of the company. Pascaline, the Head of Cross-Cutting Products in the Products division will take you on a journey of discovery in order to discover the story behind this useful accessory.
In 2001, the Laguna II, an executive saloon that was designed to be a ‘lifestyle vehicle”, was launched into production. It was a time of a lot of innovation with an array of new features attributes that helped customers enjoy their vehicle to the fullest.
The occupants still had to use the keys to open and close their doors. key card for renault megane replacement was a real issue for a lot of people and Renault engineers determined to fix it.
They decided to include the contactless card into their vehicles, and devise an application that would allow motorists to unlock and start their cars by simply shaking their hands. The result is the key card, which is currently found on a third of Renault vehicles. The car will automatically unlock when the card is in close proximity to the ignition barrel, or even the center console. This is an original Renault remote control card (without blade). It comes individually packed and ready to be programmed using Abrites diagnostics for Renault/ Dacia software with the ProTAG programmer.
A Renault key card or even a remote car key, is a wonderful convenience to have in our daily lives. Unfortunately, these things can fail due to wear and tear or simply being dropped. It can be very frustrating when this happens. There are several ways you can repair your Renault keycard. Contacting your dealer is one alternative. This may take a while and could be costly. Another option is to visit an expert locksmith.
SR Key Solutions has the required equipment to program and create Renault keys and cards and keys. We can replace your key for less than the price a dealer would charge. We can also do it quicker than a dealer.
This product is compatible with Renault Laguna II, Espace 4 and Vel Satis keycards (keyless entry system). It helps protect your card and gives it a nice appearance. It is available in two colors and can be personalized with your VIN or a logo. It can be used with a regular keychain or put inside a key case. This is an original Renault part that can only fit the vehicle that you ordered. Please provide your VIN when you order to ensure that the correct key is delivered.
Renault key cards have transponder chips and a low frequency communication feature. This enables the card to communicate with your car. These chips are prone to cracking due to use and it can be expensive to repair them or replaced by a dealer. We can repair or replace your Renault key cards at just a fraction of the cost of a dealership.
The hands-free card was first introduced in 2001 on the Laguna II saloon, which was designed to be the “lifestyle” car of the 21st century. However, despite a detailed design brief based upon more than 6,000 customer surveys that looked at their lifestyles, habits, and expectations, Renault ran out of time to design prototypes and test all possible use-cases.
Luckily, the lead product developer on Laguna II, Bernard Dumondel was in a hotel at the time, and used his room key to open his car. He thought that keys for cars could be made with the same magnetic strip as the key.
In the years following, the card was hailed as a groundbreaking invention, and it is now available in two out of three Renault vehicles. Renault has decided to make use of the latest features of smartphones to enhance the hands-free card although it appears they are about to replace it.
The keyless entry system
The hands-free card from Renault was a ground-breaking piece of technology when it was first introduced 20 years ago. The exterior design is the same, but the technology has been improved to make it more user-friendly and less vulnerable to hacking.
It can’t be used from outside to open doors or start the car until the driver turns it on. This is because radio antennae “around the car” are set up to determine whether the key is inside or outside. The key can still function from a distance to turn on the ignition of your car, but it won’t be able to unlock the doors, which is for your security.
The wireless remote control transmissions used by the system use the rolling-code. This reduces the risk of someone intercepting the control message and then transmitting it to gain access, but does not eliminate it. 
If your Megane’s key fob suddenly stops working, especially after you’ve dropped it on the ground – it could be an indication that the receiver module has developed an issue. If this is the scenario, you’ll have to replace it with an authentic Renault replacement. Click the ‘Key Programming Information tab to find out more. Customers who are in the locksmith or motor trades can apply for a trade account and receive a discount on prices.
The Story of the Renault Card Key