It's a pipe dream -- but it could become a pipe reality.
A simulation program suggests that the Hyperloop -- Tesla CEO founder Elon Musk's idea to catapult passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a half-hour -- may be grounded in science reality, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
Ansys, which tests designs of "planes, trains, automobiles and all manner of other things," fed Musk's proposals into a computer and came away "impressed."
The Hyperloop is an elevated tube that would shuttle pods between destinations at 800 miles an hour. The air inside the tube would create a reduced-friction environment, allowing the pulses from electric motors to send the pods along with greater efficiency.
And Ansys declared the idea feasible -- though in need of tweaks, such as "soup-can shaped" pod rather than tapered ones like Musk proposed.