The Story of the Renault Card Key
The hands-free card is one of the most important inventions ever to change the way people use their cars. Pascaline Head Cross-Cutting Products for Renault Group Products will walk us through the background and development of the device.
The history behind the card
A key part in the lives of car owners, Renault’s hands-free card has been a huge hit worldwide. It was designed over around 20 years ago and is now one of the leading innovations in the company. Pascaline, the Head of Cross-Cutting Products in the Products division takes you on journey of discovery in order to find out the background of this handy tool.
In 2001, the Laguna II, a saloon that aimed at capturing the essence of ‘lifestyle’ driving, went into production. It was a time that saw great innovation, including numerous new equipment features that helped customers enjoy the full benefits of their car.
However, the people who occupied the cars had to make use of keys to open and close their doors. This was a huge issue for a lot of people and Renault engineers determined to do something about it.
They decided to integrate a contactless card in their vehicles and to develop an application that would allow drivers to enter and unlock their cars simply by using their hands. The result is the card key, which is now on two in three Renault vehicles. If it’s located in the ignition barrel, or in the centre console the car will open when the card approaches, and close automatically when it’s moved away. This is a genuine Renault remote control key card (without blade). It comes individually packed and is ready to be programmed using Abrites diagnostics for Renault/ Dacia software with the ProTAG programmer.
A Renault key card, or even remote car keys, can be a fantastic convenience to have in our daily lives. Unfortunately, these items are susceptible to malfunction due to wear and tear or dropping. When this happens, it can be very frustrating. There are several ways you can replace your Renault keycard. Contacting the dealership is one alternative. It can take a long time and may be costly. Another option is to see an expert locksmith.
SR Key Solutions is fully equipped to design and program Renault keys and cards and keys. We can repair your key at a cost that is lower than the price a dealer would charge. We can also provide it quicker than a dealer.
This product is compatible with Renault Laguna II, Espace 4 and Vel Satis keycards (keyless entry system). It will protect your keycard while giving it a nice design. It is available in two colours and can be customized with your VIN, logo, or other details. It can be used with a regular keychain or placed inside the key case. This is a genuine Renault item and is only compatible with the vehicle for the model for which it was ordered. Please provide your VIN to ensure that the correct key has been supplied.
Renault keys have transponder chips as well as a low-frequency communication feature. renault megane key card replacement allows the card to communicate with your car. The chips are susceptible to cracking from general use and it can be very expensive to get them repaired or replaced at a dealership. We can repair or replace your Renault key cards for only a fraction of the cost of a dealership.
The first hands-free cards were introduced in 2001, on the Laguna II saloon. This car was conceived as the car for lifestyle in the 21st century. However, despite an in-depth design brief that was based on more than thousands of customer interviews, which examined their lifestyles, habits and expectations, Renault ran out of time to design prototypes and test all possible uses.
Bernard Dumondel was the product leader for Laguna II at the time. He used the hotel room key to unlock his car. He thought that an automobile key could be made with the same magnetic strip that was used to make the key.
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 latest features of smartphones to improve the hands-free card, although it appears they are soon to replace it.
The keyless entry system
The hands-free card from Renault was a groundbreaking piece of technology when it first came out 20 years ago. Its exterior is still identical, but the technology inside has seen a few upgrades to make it more user-friendly and less difficult to hack.
First of all, it cannot be used to unlock the doors or start the engine from outside the vehicle, unless it is activated by the driver. The reason for this is that radio signal antennae “around” the car are designed to determine whether the key is in or inside the car. The key can still function at a distance to begin the ignition of the car, but not to unlock the doors, and that’s for your security.
Second, the wireless remote control transmissions of the system employ a rolling-code. This reduces the likelihood of someone intercepting a control message and retransmitting it in order to gain access, but does not completely eliminate the possibility. 
If the key fob on your Megane suddenly ceases to function, particularly after dropping it to the floor It could be a sign the receiver module is damaged. If this is the case you’ll need to replace your key fob with an original Renault replacement. Click the ‘Key Programming Information above to learn more. Customers who are in the locksmith or motor trades can apply for a trade account to get preferential pricing.
The Story of the Renault Card Key