Some of the staff from Telenav made the trip up from Silicon Valley and gave our class an assignment: image the near future of navigation. They would check in every couple weeks to check on our progress and provide feedback to supplement that of our classmates and instructor.
Process: I started by taking a look at what is out there today in terms of navigation apps and dedicated devices. I also took a look at emerging technologies in related fields such as Augmented Reality. I devised several use case scenarios and came up with ideas for how navigation apps of the future could make the experience less stressful, more efficient, more productive, and as hassle-free as possible.
The app syncs with your calendar to let you know when you need to start traveling, start you car, reserve parking, suggest stops along the way based on your history and preferences, and more! It will even remember where you parked your car and let you know if you should make changes to your schedule if you're going to be late!
The Heads Up Display (HUD) projector mounts securely to your dash without the need for adhesives, serving double-duty by holding your cell phone for you as well. It can sync with your phone directly if your car doesn't come with such capability. You'll still be able to hear directions just fine thanks to its rear-facing speakers, and the rear-facing cameras with facial recognition ensure that the HUD is always in the correct perspective for the driver.
I downloaded a few icon and iPhone templates for the cell phone screenshots, modifying or making from scratch whatever I needed. I used Photoshop and Illustrator to mock up the app screenshots and HUD shots, SolidWorks and PhotoView 360 for the projector renderings, and finally InDesign to layout the boards, which were displayed in Telenav's booth at CES 2012.