Cisco partners with Michigan to launch ‘digital acceleration program’

Called the State Digital Acceleration program, the Michigan initiative is the first of its kind that Cisco has offered in the U.S. It’s modeled after Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration program, which has been in existence for about three years and has been introduced in approximately 16 different countries. Alison Gleeson, senior vice president of Cisco Americas, said in a phone interview with VentureBeat that the company decided to launch its first stateside digital acceleration program in Michigan because of the state’s leadership in autonomous vehicle testing. In 2016, Governor Rick Snyder launched the Planet M campaign to “strengthen, protect, and promote the state’s global leadership” in autonomous and connected vehicles.