That’s welcome news, because parking can be more of a pain in the ass than it should be in a place called the Motor City. According to the release, the new app has a slew of new features, including the ability to check parking availability ahead of time at garages, lots, and metered spaces with a map. You can also compare pricing at private garages, and pre-pay for parking at garages and some lots by using a QR code that the app generates once you pay, which can then be scanned for entry.
On Thursday, the city of Detroit will release a new and updated version of its ParkDetroit smartphone parking app. The existing app, on the other hand, will not update automatically, so you’ll have to manually delete and reinstall it. According to the press release, the new version is “one of the most advanced and technologically advanced municipal parking apps anywhere in the country.” In a statement, Keith Hutchings, director of the city’s municipal parking department, stated, “It’s crucial for us to match our world-class city with a world-class parking app.” “Our ParkDetroit app will become a one-of-a-kind system unlike anything else in the country as a result of the enhancements. We need to keep pushing the edge to guarantee that today’s intelligent consumers have the tools they need to make their lives easier, and we feel the updated ParkDetroit app achieves just that.”
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You can even search for parking by the name of the event you’re attending. And afterward, the app will also help you find your parked car, because who among us hasn’t gotten lost downtown, especially in the coldest months of the year. The app has other features beyond parking, including a calendar of events happening in the city. Other features that will roll out later in 2022 include multi-modal transportation options and a merchant discount program, among others. More information is available at parkdetroit.us, and people without a smartphone can also prepay for parking and use other features there.