When you look at how much space it takes up, you'd have to wonder why they've not done away with it already. I think some of the bigger Mercedes have a column mounted shifter already. Almost certainly where the part you've linked to comes from.A nice refinement, that.
I want to skip a few years though to when that becomes a switch n the steering wheel.. I think they are reluctant to make this change abruptly, but rather making it smaller so as to slowly wean people off the norm of having a gear stick.
I seriously doubt any car company will build one with two selectors. However, if they did, and they worked like the one in our BMW, it would not be a problem. Unless a force is being applied to it (i.e. your hand), the selector is always spring-loaded into the "N" position. There is no "Park" position, that is a separate electrical switch. The selector just makes momentary contact in either "D" or "R" and returns to the no contact neutral position. Attempting to operate both selectors in opposite directions at the same time, would likely be a problem, though.mmm. So how does this work, with both column and console selectors? Say I decide to use the steering select today and click it into Drive - the console selector will still be in Park - or will it magically shift shift position as well..?
The selector on my 350 is for when I want to listen to some music. I put it in Sport mode and use the selector keep the revs between about 3500 and 5500 rpm. Damn it sounds good!... and flapping the selector knob left and right for a manual mode just seems like a pointless idea ...