20 years of technological evolution
Over the 20 years since its creation, the Renault hands-free card has gone through constant change. In terms of both its look and especially the technology inside.
In 2001, the very first version made by equipment supplier Valeo was known as the ‘practical’ card. Anyone holding the card could lock and unlock the car by pressing a button located either on the card or on the door handle. The standard version was to be used like a remote control or it could be upgraded to a ‘hands-free’ model. Inside, centre console features a slot for the card and a button to start the engine.
In 2007, Renault moved on to the ‘magic’ card. When carrying the card on their person, a driver only has to grab the door handle for the whole car to unlock. Inside, the card slot has since been removed.
In 2015, Renault launched Espace V, a minivan that came equipped with a more efficient and revamped version of the hands-free card. It also featured a new light and sound welcoming sequence.
In 2019, the design took on the true meaning of the term ‘hands-free’. The car locks and unlocks the doors automatically when the card is brought near or taken far away.
In 2022 , the All-New Megane E-TECH Electric is going to take the hands-free experience even further. Thanks to more efficient aerials, the card holder is readily detected no matter where they are in a 360° area around the vehicle. The welcome sequence triggers as they approach the vehicle, while the flush door handles – normally hidden within the car body – pop out, and the charging port cover automatically unlocks.