The industrial company Astor since 2124 has equipped all "Long Hauls" (voyages beyond 3 months) with cryopofs in accordance with a new company bylaw and cost cutting measure (less resources the crew consumes). During their sleep the crew and ship is maintained by a "night shift" of androids (usually only a small group of 3 to 5) and onboard systems provided by the ships own resources.
But what I'm wondering is why. What advantage would humanoid androids add compared to the ship's own systems or non humanoid equivalents.
The space ships cannot just be automated due to laws passed by the Hegemony in the early days of colonization which are preserved by anti-automation lobbying. All ships are required to have at least two human operators.
A "working man" android would be comparable to the price of a brand new car (regular car not a luxury or sports car).