CES is now one of the world’s biggest auto shows as Ford to Uber debut new technology

With its glossy black finish, five-person cabin and six huge fan pods, the Bell Nexus looks like it belongs on the set of a science fiction film, rather than the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

But it’s just one of the many unusual displays at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show focused on the world of transportation rather than the TVs, smartphones and digital appliances traditionally found at CES.

The auto industry is in the midst of change as radical as anything it has faced since Henry Ford switched on the first moving assembly line more than a century ago. Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen now refer to themselves as “mobility service” companies rather than just automotive manufacturers, and that’s readily apparent as one wanders through the Convention Center.