The Story of the Renault Card Key

The hands-free card is among of the most significant inventions to have ever changed the way that people use cars. replacement key for renault clio -Cutting Products for Renault Group Products will walk us through the history and development of this small device.

The origins of the card

A key part in the life of a car owner the hands-free card from Renault has become a worldwide hit. It was designed over twenty years ago and is now one of the most innovative innovations within the company. Pascaline is 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 accessory.

In 2001, the Laguna II, a saloon that was designed to reflect a lifestyle driving, came into production. It was a time of a lot of innovation with various new equipment options that allowed customers to enjoy their vehicle to the fullest.

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

They decided to include an electronic contactless card into their vehicles, and develop an system that allows drivers to open and start their vehicles by simply shaking their hands. The result is the card key that is now found on a third of Renault vehicles. The card can be found in the ignition barrel or on the centre console, the car will unlock when the card approaches, and lock automatically when it is moved away. This is a genuine Renault remote control card (without blade). It comes individually clam-packed and is ready to be programmed 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 everyday lives. Unfortunately, these items are prone to failure due to ware and wear or simply being dropped. If this happens, it can be quite stressful. There are several ways you can repair your Renault keycard. One option is to call your dealership. However, this may take a long time and it could also be expensive. Another option is to visit a professional locksmith.

SR Key Solutions is fully equipped to make and programme Renault keys and cards and keys. We can offer a replacement for your existing key at a significantly cheaper price than what the dealer would charge. Additionally, we can do it much faster than a dealer.

This product is compatible with the Renault Laguna II, Espace 4 and Vel Satis keycards (keyless entry system). It protects your keycard whilst creating a beautiful design. It comes in two colours and can be printed with your VIN, logo, or other details. It can be put in an accessory case for keys or with the standard keychain. This is a genuine Renault product that is designed to fit the vehicle ordered. Please include your VIN at the time of ordering to ensure the correct key is sent.

The technology

Renault key cards have transponder chips inside. They also have a low frequency communication feature that enables the card to communicate with your vehicle. The chips are susceptible to cracking due the use of common sense and it could be expensive to get them repaired or replaced at a dealership. We can repair or replacement your Renault key cards for just a fraction of the cost of a dealership.

The hands-free cards were first launched in 2001 on the Laguna II saloon, which was designed to represent the “lifestyle” vehicle of the 21st century. Renault was unable to test all possible uses despite an extensive design brief based upon over 6,000 interviews with customers.

Fortunately, the lead of the product on Laguna II, Bernard Dumondel was in an hotel at the time, and used his room key to open his car. As the key featured an extremely small magnetic strip, he thought that it would be possible to create an automobile key that functions similarly.

In the following years the card was seen as an invention that revolutionized the world and is now used on two out of three Renault vehicles. While smartphones seem to be in the process of replacing it, Renault has chosen to harness these new capabilities without leaving the hands-free cards by the wayside.

The keyless entry system

Renault’s hands-free card was an innovation in technology at its launch 20 years ago. The exterior is the same but the technology has been improved to make it easier to use and more secure to hack.

Firstly, it can’t be used to unlock the doors or start the engine from outside the vehicle, unless it is activated by the driver. The reason is that the radio signal antennae “around” the car are set up to determine whether the key is in or inside it. The key will work from a distance to turn on the ignition of the car, but not to unlock the doors. This is to ensure your safety.

The wireless remote control transmissions of the system employ a rolling-code. This decreases the risk of security being compromised by someone intercepting and retransmitting the control message to gain access, but isn’t a guarantee of avoiding the threat completely. [1]

If the key fob on your Megane suddenly stops working, especially after you’ve dropped it on the floor It could be a sign the receiver module is defective. If this is the situation, you’ll need replace it with a genuine Renault replacement. To find out more you can click on the ‘Key Programming Information tab’ above. Customers who are in the locksmith or motor trade can register for a trade account and receive a discount on prices.

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