The Story of the Renault Card Key
The hands-free card is one of the most important inventions to ever change the way people travel in cars. Pascaline is the head of Cross-Cutting Products at Renault Group Products goes over the history of this tiny device.
The origins of the card
Renault’s hands free card is an international success. It’s become an integral element of the daily lives of car owners. First designed in the year 2000 and is now one of the most innovative innovations of the company. Pascaline is the head of Cross-Cutting Products in the Products division takes you on a journey of discovery to discover the story behind this useful tool.
It was in 2001 that the Laguna II, a saloon that aimed at capturing the essence of ‘lifestyle’ driving, entered production. It was a time of tremendous innovation, featuring a host of new equipment options that allowed customers to enjoy the full advantages of their vehicle.
The occupants still had to use the keys to open and shut their doors. Renault engineers realized that this was a major problem for many people.
In the end, they decided to integrate the use of a contactless keycard into their vehicles. They also developed the system that would allow users to unlock and start their cars by simply waving a hand. The result is the card key which is now present on two in three Renault vehicles. It’s either in the ignition barrel or the centre console the car will be unlocked when the card is in close proximity and lock automatically when it is removed. This is a genuine Renault remote control card (without blade). It comes individually packed and prepared to be programmed using Abrites diagnostics for Renault/ Dacia software with the ProTAG programmer.
The possession of a Renault key card or the car remote key can be a fantastic convenience in our daily lives. Unfortunately, these items can be prone to failure because of wear and wear or being dropped. It can be a frustrating experience when this occurs. There are a variety of options to replace your Renault key card. Contacting your dealer is one option. This may take a while and may be costly. A professional locksmith is an alternative option.
SR Key Solutions has the necessary equipment to program and create Renault keys and cards. We can replace your key at a price that is less expensive than what a dealer will charge. We can also provide it quicker than a dealer.
This product is compatible with the Renault Laguna II, Espace 4 and Vel Satis keycards (keyless entry system). It shields your keycard while giving it a nice design. It is available in two colors and can be personalized with your VIN, logo, etc. It can be placed in the form of a key case or with a standard keychain. This is a genuine Renault part that can only be used on the vehicle for which it was ordered. Please include your VIN at the time of ordering to ensure that the correct key is delivered.
Renault key cards are equipped with transponder chips inside. They also have a low-frequency communication feature that allows the card to communicate with your vehicle. The chips are susceptible to cracking due to use and it can be expensive to get them repaired or replaced by a dealer. We can repair or replace your Renault key card for just a fraction of the retail cost.
The hands-free cards were first launched in 2001 on the Laguna II saloon, which was designed to be a ‘lifestyle’ car of the 21st century. Renault could not test all possible uses, despite a detailed design brief built on over 6,000 phone calls with customers.
Bernard Dumondel was the product leader of Laguna II at the time. He used his hotel room key to unlock the car. As renault key featured the small magnetic strip Bernard Dumondel thought it might be possible to create an automobile key that functions in a similar way.
In the years that followed, the card was praised as a revolutionary invention and is now accessible in two out of three Renault vehicles. Renault has decided to make use of the new features of smartphones to improve the hands-free card, even the fact that it appears they are about to replace it.
The keyless entry system
The hands-free card from Renault was a groundbreaking piece of technology when it was first introduced 20 years ago. Its exterior is identical, but the inside technology has undergone several improvements to make it more user-friendly as well as harder to hack.
It’s not able to be used from outside to unlock doors or start the car until the driver turns it on. This is because radio antennae “around the car” are designed to determine whether the key is inside or outside. The key can still function from a distance to start the car’s ignition but not to unlock the doors. This is to ensure your safety.
The second is that the wireless remote control transmissions of the system employ a rolling-code. This decreases the risk of the security being breached by someone who intercepts and retransmits the control message in order to gain access, but isn’t a guarantee of avoiding the threat completely. 
If your Megane’s key fob suddenly stops working, especially after you have dropped it on the ground – it could be a sign the receiver module has developed an issue. If this is the case, you’ll need to replace it with an authentic Renault replacement. To find out more about key programming, click the Key Programming Information tab’ above. Customers who are in the motor or locksmith trade can sign up for a trade account to receive a discount on prices.
The Story of the Renault Card Key