I was picturing a consolemounted stick. The airbag would be under the instruments, similar to how they're mounted on the passenger side. A lot safer in a crash.
Of course, that'd make it rather hard to drive with your outboard hand. A significant drawback. An aircraft style center stick would not be good either.
Left/righthandedness would not be a problem though. People are coping with shifting gears both in the civilised world and in the left-hand driving UK...
(Any threats by UK residents are to be mailed together with a bottle of good British ale in suitable protective packaging)
There are already normal wheel-controlled cars with variable steering ration depending on speed so I think it is a rather usable idea.
I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.