A top 3D camera company is making a big bet on the technology for self-driving cars

A startup that makes a powerful 3D camera for iPhones is going to sell the same technology that powers self-driving cars in a battery-powered package. 

Occipital on Wednesday announced it was buying Paracosm, a small Florida-based startup that makes a handheld lidar sensor. 

Lidar is a technology that uses lasers to track how far away walls and other objects are. It's gained a lot of attention as one of the main technologies that companies like Google, Apple, and Uber are using to develop self-driving cars

Occipital will use Paracosm's lidar scanner system, PX-80, to quickly create large-scale drawings and CAD files for construction sites and other professional uses.

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