Willson is a big movie fan.
He says he has watched every single movie he’s been to.
“I’ve been to all the greats like Casablanca, Gladiator, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Godfather.
I’m just a huge fan,” he says.
But he’s always been on the hunt for more rides to go with his favorite movies.
“My mom used to tell me to just get a little bit more,” he adds.
Willson and his mom have been driving for Uber, but the ride-sharing service has its own rules for people.
“If you are doing this for more than one person, I have to get out of the car,” Willson says.
So now, as Willson waits in line, he’s trying to find a ride.
He calls Uber to get a ride to his favorite movie, the first thing he does is sign up for the app.
Wills parents have been using the app for the past year.
The two have been riding around the Bay area, but now that they’re in the middle of the season, they have to find the right movie.
“You gotta go to your local theater to see a movie, because you know there are people who are there for the right reasons,” Wills mom, Jennifer, tells Wired.
“And I just don’t have the time to go to those places, so it was just like, ‘Why don’t we just go out and see it and then if we’re lucky enough to see it again, we can go out there and see a different movie.'”
Willson, a senior at Stanford University, is on the verge of his third year of driving for a ride-share company.
After spending most of his career driving for ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber, Willson has been hired by Uber to help out.
Uber recently launched its own app for car sharing, and Willson will soon be able to do the same.
“That’s the thing, when you’re in an environment where people have a lot of autonomy, you just want to be able get your ass to that destination,” Will, who’s studying to become a mechanical engineer, says.
“Because if you can’t get there, you don’t want to have to wait.”
It’s an approach Willson isn’t used to.
In the past, he says, Uber has made him feel like he’s not valued enough, that he’s “just sitting at home.”
Now he’s on the cusp of starting a new chapter in his life, and with Uber, he will be able experience it for himself.
Will, a freshman at Stanford, is a senior studying mechanical engineering.
He is also a member of the Stanford Engineering Association and a member, along with his brother Will, of the University of California Berkeley’s Alumni Association.
“It’s a big deal for me because I’m a Stanford grad and a Cal alum,” Will says.
He’s planning to attend Berkeley in the fall.
He recently attended a dinner hosted by former President Donald Trump, and the following day, he and his family will be taking in the new campus.
But it’s not just Will who’s excited about this change in Uber’s culture.
He and his mother have been following the company’s Twitter feed, which includes tweets about his Uber experience.
They’ve even started a new Uber-related Twitter account to follow along.
“When we get a new service, we like to follow that one,” Will tells Wired about his experience at Uber.
“We’re like, if there’s a new app that’s going to get us out of our car, we want to follow it.”