DelivAir just announced a fascinating new concept – a delivery drone that delivers on-demand to wherever you are, not wherever your address is. This is a potentially huge development in transportation and retail, and its full impact may not be understood for years. (Does it really take a two-ton vehicle to deliver a two-pound pizza?) This opens a world of possibilities, but it also presents some interesting challenges.

As the number of delivery drones dramatically grows in the next few years, especially in large population centers, how will their flight paths be coordinated? Will it just be every drone trying to take the most direct route, but using obstacle avoidance to keep from hitting other drones doing the same thing? Will companies work together to determine which one operates at what flight altitude to avoid accidents?

Delivery drones could be powered by renewables and create no emissions and take up no space on our congested roads. It might not be preferable, however, to have them constantly flying over our houses, businesses, parks, and yards. What if we created “skylanes” above our existing roads that delivery drones would be required to fly in? This would reduce drone traffic to channels already carved out for traffic, albeit in a much quieter and less obtrusive way than the delivery vehicles that they will replace.

It’s time to start having these conversations because delivery drones are about to really take off.