The Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL), a pioneering real-world testing ground for emerging parking-related mobility technologies, was recently recognized as the Innovative Facility of the Year by the National Parking Association (NPA). This prestigious accolade underscores DSPL’s unwavering commitment to advancing innovative parking and mobility technologies. 

The NPA, North America’s leading trade association dedicated to parking, represents over 2,500 members across the public and private sectors. The Most Innovative Facility Award is annually presented to acknowledge exceptional achievements in parking facility design, technology integration, and sustainable practices. 

Park Rite is proud to partner with NextEnergy in operating the Lab. In response to receiving the Most Innovative Facility Award from the NPA, Kevin Bopp, Chief Executive Officer at Park Rite, expressed, “It is an incredible honor to accept the Detroit Smart Parking Lab award in front of an audience comprised of individuals dedicated to enhancing the parking and mobility ecosystem. What the DSPL Sponsors and Operating Team are achieving is truly unparalleled, and I couldn’t be prouder to see their efforts recognized on a national stage. We are committed to maintaining Detroit and Michigan as the epicenter of mobility innovation for years to come.” 

Congratulations to the Detroit Smart Parking Lab! The team remains steadfast in its commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation, with a vision to become the world’s premier innovation hub dedicated to advancing technology in parking, logistics, and EV charging strategies. Park Rite is proud to be a part of this mission and eager to see what the future holds. 

About Park Rite 

A leading provider of parking management and valet solutions, Park Rite is a family-owned-and-operated company with nearly 50 years of industry experience. From parking asset management and lot leasing to valet services and connected technology solutions, Park Rite is one of the few providers that offers solutions for all parking assets and other connected services.  

About NextEnergy 

NextEnergy works with a variety of industry partners to commercialize innovative new technologies, helping them to transform those ideas into solutions that will create a better quality of life for all. Based in the center of Detroit’s growing innovation district with access to a microgrid, smart home, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and an alternative fuels platform, NextEnergy demonstrates and pilots technologies in real-world environments to gather data and diverse user-experiences. 

About Detroit Smart Parking Lab  

The Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL) is a unique parking facility serving as the collaboration and testing site for parking-related and mobility innovation. From logistics and efficiency to enhanced safety and EV charging, the DSPL offers a venue to learn about advancements in a real-world setting. A partnership between Bedrock, Bosch, Ford and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the DPSL operates in Bedrock’s Assembly Garage at 1701 W. Lafayette Boulevard in Detroit.