The Story of the Renault Card Key

The inventions that have changed the way we drive however, none has made as a huge difference to the daily lives of drivers like the hands-free card. Pascaline is the head of Cross-Cutting Products at Renault Group Products goes over the history of this simple device.

The origins of a card

Hands free cards from Renault are a global success. It’s now an integral element in the lives of car owners. First designed twenty years ago it’s one of the company’s most popular innovations. Pascaline, the Head of Cross-Cutting Products in the Products division, takes you on journey of discovery in order to learn the history of this useful accessory.

In 2001 the Laguna II, an executive saloon that embodies ‘lifestyle driving”, entered production. It was a period that saw great innovation, including numerous new equipment options that allowed customers get the maximum benefits of their vehicle.

The occupants were still required to use the keys to open and close their doors. Renault engineers believed that this was a major problem for many.

They decided to incorporate the contactless card into their vehicles, and devise a system which would allow drivers to enter and unlock their vehicles by shaking their hands. The result is the key card, which is now present on two in three Renault vehicles. If it’s located in the ignition barrel, or on the centre console the car will unlock when the card is in close proximity and secure itself automatically when moved away. This is a genuine Renault remote control key card (without blade). It is supplied individually clam packed and is ready to programme using Abrites diagnostics for Renault/ Dacia software with the ProTAG programmer.

The design

A Renault key card, or even remote car keys is a great feature to have in our daily lives. Unfortunately, these products are susceptible to malfunction due to wear and tear or being dropped. When this happens, it can be quite frustrating. There are, however, several options to replace your Renault key card. Contacting the dealership is one alternative. It can take a long time and could be costly. A professional locksmith is another option.

SR Key Solutions is fully equipped to manufacture and program Renault keys and cards and keys. We can change your key for less than what a dealer would cost. We can also do it much more quickly than a dealership would.

This product is compatible with the Renault Laguna II (keyless entry), Espace 4 (keyless entry) and Vel Satis (keyless entrance system). renault key replacement will protect your card while giving it a nice look. It comes in two colors and can be customized with your VIN, logo, etc. It can be used with a standard keychain or placed inside the key case. This is an original Renault part that will only be compatible with the vehicle you have ordered. Please provide your VIN to ensure that the correct key has been supplied.

The technology

Renault key cards contain transponder chips and a low-frequency communication feature which allows the card to communicate with your car. These chips can break due to normal usage, and it can be very expensive to replace or repair them at an auto dealer. We can repair or replace your Renault key card at a fraction of the dealership cost.

The hands-free card first introduced in 2001 on the Laguna II saloon, which was designed to represent the “lifestyle” car of the 21st century. Renault was unable to test all possible uses despite an extensive design brief which was based on more than 6,000 conversations with customers.

Bernard Dumondel was the product leader of Laguna II at the time. He used the hotel room key to unlock the car. He believed that an automobile key could be made with the same magnetic strip that was used to make the key.

In the years to follow, the card was hailed an innovative invention and is now used on two out of three Renault vehicles. Renault has decided to utilize the latest features of smartphones to enhance the hands-free cards, even the fact that it appears they are about to replace it.

The keyless entry system

The hands-free cards of Renault were a revolutionary piece of technology when it first came out 20 years ago. Its exterior remains similar, but the technology inside has seen several improvements to make it more user-friendly as well as harder to hack.

It isn’t able to be used from outside to unlock doors or start the car unless the driver is able to activate it. This is because radio antennae “around the car” are configured to detect whether the key is inside or outside. The key will work from a distance to start the ignition, but not to unlock the doors, which is to protect you.

The second is that the system’s wireless remote control transmissions employ a rolling-code. This lowers the likelihood of security being compromised by someone intercepting and retransmitting an authorization message to gain access but isn’t a guarantee of avoiding the risk completely. [1]

If the key fob on your Megane suddenly ceases to work, particularly after you’ve dropped it on the floor, it could indicate that the receiver module has failed. If this is the case, you will need to replace your key fob using an original Renault replacement. To find out more about key programming, go to the Key Programming Information tab’ above. Customers who are in the motor or locksmith trade can sign up for a trade account to benefit from a discounted price.