Breathalyzers are portable devices used for preliminary alcohol screening to determine the alcohol level in a person’s bloodstream or estimate the blood alcohol concentration from a breath sample. Traditional breathalyzers use fuel cell sensors that measure alcohol levels through a chemical reaction with the alcohol in one’s breath. Modern devices use semiconductor oxide sensors or infra-red absorption techniques for testing. They are widely used by law enforcement agencies for evidential roadside testing and in workplace alcohol testing programs. With the growing cases of drink-driving and increasing road accidents, there is a rising emphasis on preventing drunk driving through stricter laws and enforcement measures. This is expected to drive the demand for breathalyzers for evidential use by traffic police departments globally.
The global breathalyzers market is estimated to be valued at US$ 10.6 billion in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 18% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Growing Demand for Alcohol Detection Devices – With rising instances of alcohol misuse leading to accidents and social issues, there is a surge in demand for portable breathalyzers and alcohol detectors for preliminary screening and monitoring intoxicated individuals. This growing need for reliable and affordable alcohol monitoring solutions is expected to drive the breathalyzers market.
Advancements in Breathalyzer Technology – Manufacturers are focusing on developing sophisticated breath analyzers using innovative sensing technologies such as semiconductor oxide sensors and infra-red spectroscopy. Miniaturized portable devices with wireless data transmission and smartphone integration are gaining popularity. Such technological enhancements are helping expand the applications of breathalyzers and support market growth over the forecast period.
The global breathalyzers market can be segmented based on technology, application, and end use. Basing on technology, the dominant segment is fuel cell technology based breathalyzers. Fuel cell based breathalyzers are highly accurate, portable, and convenient to use. Hence fuel cell breathalyzers have gained widespread adoption among law enforcement agencies and individuals.
Political: Stricter drunk driving laws and regulations in many countries have boosted the demand for breathalyzers. Governments conduct periodic roadside checking using breathalyzers.
Economic: Rising disposable incomes have increased affordability of personal use breathalyzers. Growing alcohol consumption also contributes to market growth.
Social: Increasing health awareness regarding harms of drunk driving and binge drinking has made people rely on breathalyzers.
Technological: Advancements in fuel cell and semiconductor sensor technologies have enhanced accuracy and miniaturized devices. Connected breathalyzers transmitting results via Bluetooth are gaining traction.
The global breathalyzers market is expected to witness high growth over the forecast period of 2023 to 2030. North America currently dominates the market owing to strict drunk driving laws and early adoption of technology. Europe follows next on presence of key players and government support for road safety initiatives.
The key players operating in the breathalyzers market are Cannabix Technologies Inc., Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp., Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGa, Intoximeters Inc., Lifeloc Technologies Inc., MPD Inc., Quest Products Inc., Advanced Safety Devices LLC, Aerocrine AB, Akers Biosciences Inc., Alcolizer Pty Ltd., Alcopro Inc., Guth Laboratories Inc., Meretek Diagnostics Group of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., PAS Systems International Alcohol Sensor Systems, Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., TruTouch Technologies Inc., ENVITE- WISMER GmbH, AK GlobalTech Corporation, Intoximeter Inc., and BACtrack Inc. Key players are focused on introducing precise, compact and easy to use breathalyzers. Connected devices with analytics are the new areas gaining attention.
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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