Detroit Smart Parking Lab

About The Detroit Smart
Parking Lab

The Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL) is a physical parking structure operated by NextEnergy and Park Rite, offering an open innovation and collaboration site open for real-world testing of parking-related mobility technologies, logistics and electric vehicle charging.

The DSPL offers collaboration and a neutral platform to examine ways to improve customer experiences and the efficient movement of vehicles and goods in defined spaces.

This initiative is sponsored by Bosch, Bedrock Detroit, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Ford.


The Detroit Smart Parking Lab is hosted at Bedrock’s Assembly Garage.

1701 W. Lafayette Boulevard between 10th Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard Corktown, Detroit, Michigan 48216

Meet the Team

NextEnergy is a leader in deploying smart city technologies in real-world environments and has a proven track record of quickly scaling solutions. With its extensive technical expertise, NextEnergy connects innovators to opportunities at the DSPL.

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Test and Demonstrate

At the Detroit Smart Parking Lab, companies are developing concepts, use cases, and solutions through the testing of emerging technologies and start-up products. While unlimited possibilities exist to innovate at the lab, here are some potential focus areas:

  • Vehicle Parking Operation
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Wayfinding
  • Capacity Management
  • Security Systems
  • Access Systems
  • Reservations
  • Payments Systems
  • EV Charging Stations and Related Management
  • Solutions
  • Pick-up, Drop-off, Delivery
  • Curbside Monetization

Facility Overview

  • 41 Parking Configurable Slots
  • One Level
  • Security Gate
  • Heated/Cooled Office
  • Secure Server / Tech Room
  • Storage
  • Restrooms
  • Available On-Site Parking for Active Project Team

Technology and Support Services

Test Equipment

  • Vehicle Soft Targets
  • Pedestrian Soft Targets
  • Cones and Obstacles

Traffic Detection Technology Integrations

Engineering Services

  • Safety & Security
  • Engineering Expertise
  • Program Management
  • Test Planning, Set-up & Execution

Smart Parking Standards Committee

The Smart Parking Standards Committee offers another way to join the conversation around smart parking. The committee is open to the public, provides a neutral convening platform for industry, standards and government organizations to collectively discuss standardization needs of emerging parking, logistics and EV charging infrastructure technologies, and to understand, educate and influence smart parking-related standards that are needed for the scaling and standardization of emerging parking technologies, logistics and EV charging infrastructure technologies.

Questions, Contact and Scheduling

If you are a mobility startup, automotive supplier, infrastructure technology provider or an automotive OEM and want to test and develop new parking-inspired mobility technologies at the Detroit Smart Parking Lab, please contact Lauren Mattar at [email protected].

Michigan Mobility Funding Platform Grant Application

After completing the General Intake Form, you can also apply for the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform Grant, which provides grants to mobility and electrification companies looking to deploy their technology solutions in the state of Michigan. Dedicated innovation grants are available to support projects utilizing the DSPL.

Complete intake form
Complete application

In the News

October 27, 2022 in DSPL

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tests Bosch Automated Parking Tech

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Coming Soon: The Car Rental Return Process Goes Autonomous

Soon, when you drop off your rental, it’ll drive itself to be washed and park itself.
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Ford, Bosch Launch Parking Tech Partnership

The Detroit Smart Parking Lab allows mobility and smart infrastructure pioneers and startups to test parking-related mobility, logistics and EV charging technologies, a Michigan official says.
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June 21st Special Edition of MEDC Mobility Meetup

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